GRAPHIC DESIGNER | PHOTOGRAPHER | ILLUSTRATOR
Hi, I am a graphic designer, artist, photographer, illustrator, and visual storyteller based in the Chicago, IL area. I am passionate and detail-oriented with a multi-faceted creative background in luxury brands and magazine publication including advertising, holistic health and wellness, art gallery, fashion, cosmetic and fine jewelry. I also have a background in book illustration and cover design as well as writing for various online and print publications.
I have had proven success in both small agency and large corporate environments; working independently or within a team. I understand there is more to design than what happens on the computer. Truly successful design comes from being a good listener and a great interpreter. My skills and experience in both the design and personal aspects of the work make me a unique and effective partner in any design process.
Art and design has always been a passion of mine. I have over twelve years of experience working in the design industry with in-house design positions as well as my own freelance design business. I am a graduate from the Academy of Art University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in graphic design and am pursuing a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Creative Business Leadership from the Savannah College of Art and Design. I also have an academic background in fine arts in painting and drawing, visual communication and fashion design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
I love being creative and love the versatility that art and design has. I have always loved all kinds of mediums from drawing, sketching, painting to design, photography, fashion design and illustration. My personal artwork has themes of wellness, personal empowerment and nature. My mission is to enhance the beauty and inspire wonder in anything I create. Please also visit my photography and art website at cmariearts.com.